WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 13, 2019) from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, featuring all the fallout from the SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Toronto.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy, and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR AUG. 13
So back to the Motor-League with me before I’m forced to face the wrath of a well-heeled buying public who live vicariously through tortured-artist college-rock and floor-punching macho pabulum. Back to the Motor League I go. Once thought I drew a lucky hand. Turned out to be a live grenade of play-acting “anarchists” and Mommy’s-little-skinheads, so now I’m gonna go ahead and liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Kevin Owens making his entrance.
He soaks in the “Kevin Owens!” chant from the crowd for a moment before raising the mic to his mouoth and then dropping it when the chants continue. He finally speaks and says that yesterday marked the five year anniversary of the day he signed his WWE contract and over those five years he’s created memories he’d never forget and experiences he never thought he’d experience.
He got in the ring with people he looked up to his entire career, some of the absolute best in this entire industry, and on Sunday he was in the ring with a man who calls himself the Best in the World. He assures us that’s as far from reality as can be but says he’ll remember that night forever, because his entire family was at ringside watching and they got to share this arena, sold out, packed with people begging to see him kick Shane McMahon’s ass.
And the best part is that’s exactly what he did! In fact, Shane’s ass isn’t the only thing he kicked! But what he’ll remember most is hitting McMahon with that Stunner in the middle of the ring, and he’ll remember that moment for the rest of his life. Now that that’s done, he’s setting his sights on King of the Ring, because he’s said it before and will again, he’s been a WWE fan his entire life and King of the Ring was always one of his favorite things growing up.
He’s thrilled to be competing in it, because winning it would mean just as much to him as winning any of the titles he’s already won, because who wouldn’t wanted to be named alongside legends like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Edge, Bret “the Hitman” Hart, Owen Hart, and so many more? He’s adding his name to that list, he’ll guarantee--
Enter Shane McMahon.
He says this is a nice little moment for Owens to celebrate his tainted victory but he’s out here for a couple reasons. He gets cut off by an “Asshole!” chant and lets it breathe for a beat before saying there’s no reason to be calling KO that. He’s got some footage to prove his point, and it’s a screencap of Kev kicking him in the gentleman’s area on Sunday.
He questions Owens’ manhood and KO says he’s not going to be lectured about manhood by somebody who used to be part of the Mean Street Posse. He says being a man is about doing whatever it takes and standing up for what you believe in, and that’s what he’s been doing for weeks, but in this particular situation, being a man means shutting your stupid face.
Shane calls Kevin a lowlife and a cheater and says he’s so upset to be looking at his face when Kev should be in the unemployment line outside this building and it makes him want to come down and beat the crap out of him. Owens welcomes it but McMahon says he’s going to show restraint, but KO is in competition tonight all the same. Kev asks who, Shane demures and says the main reason he came here to talk was to show another piece of footage.
Tape rolls of Owens wailing on Elias with a chair again and again. Shane says Elias was so traumatized he got the night off and the 24/7 title is suspended for the night. But the thing is he went after Elias with malice, and what was Elias wearing? An actual WWE referee jersey, he was an official representing the company, and we have to protect our officials!
You can never, ever go after an official intentionally, so in order, as part of his management job, Shane’s been thinking about what needs to happen to make sure they’re all safe. He’s been thinking about it, so Owens will be facing some repercussions, and in US dollars he’s going to be fined one hundred thousand dollars. KO calls it a joke and says a hundred grand might be nothing to Shane but to him that’s his family’s future and his kid’s college or a downpayment on a house.
And if McMahon is the man he claims to be he’ll reconsider because he knows it’s crap. Shane tells him “Nope.” and leaves, dropping the mic. Owens storms to the back after him.
We see Charlotte Flair and Ember Moon walking in split-screen backstage, they’ll be in action after the break.
Back from commercial, Kevin Owens is in the back and he storms into Shane McMahon’s office and gets in his face.
McMahon begs off, saying he’s not a competitor right now and if Owens hits him, he’ll sue him and take every dime from him and put his family in peril. Kev backs down and Shane says it had to be done to set an example. KO says let’s make it a hundred and five and he throws a table before leaving.
Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon
Collar and elbow, Flair with a wristlock, Moon tries to reverse and Charlotte counters with a mat slam into a side headlock. Wrenching it down, shot off, shoulder block but Ember stays on her feet and steps right back up to her! Waistlock, big back elbow, Moon kicks her away, off the ropes, leapfrog, tilt-a-whirl headscissors and a kick!
Ember trying for a whip, blocked, the Queen rolls to the floor and fakes out coming back in before blocking a dive with a forearm! Moon switches it up, dropkick through the ropes, back inside, considering her options... STEP-UP PLANCHA OVER THE ROPES! Brawling on the floor, Flair puts her into the apron and the barricade and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Flair follows Moon back out to the floor and throws her back in the ring before getting a stomp in for good measure. Stomping away at the knee, spinning toehold, figure four blocked but Charlotte kicks her in the face. Double leg pick, into a standing Boston Crab, making Ember think about it! Moon crawling, reaching, she gets the ropes briefly but the Queen pulls her away and drops a knee across the back of her knee!
Seated senton to the leg with the ropes for leverage, Moon ducks the second one and gets a kick from the mat for some breathing room. Ducking chops, back elbow, springboard dropkick, sidestep the boot! Kick and knee combo, rolling elbow! Pump kick... NOPE! Jockeying for position, Ember gets a Codebreaker... STILL NO! Up top for the Eclipse, Charlotte pulls her down, Ember sidesteps a charge, Oklahoma roll for two!
Superkick gets another nearfall, trading blows as they rise to their feet, kick for big boot, Flair picks the leg, spinning toehold and the figure four leglock is on! Bridging back...
Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight.
Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan (wearing a Hatebreed shirt today) are shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for SummerSlam coming to Boston next year.
A recap of Roman Reigns’ last couple weeks follows.
Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan make their entrance and Bryan gets on the mic from the stage.
He says there’s no question now that someone is out to get Roman Reigns, but they had nothing to do with the car accident nor the horrific backstage accident, and clearly Buddy Murphy is a liar. But he doesn’t blame him, because we’d all lie, we’d all cave if Roman Reigns had our face pressed against the wall. He had to give a name, but Buddy gave the wrong name.
”It was you!” chants go up and Dan says that’s what’s wrong with all of us, somebody tells a lie, it gets spread on social media, and it becomes the truth. He hates to disappoint us but they had nothing to do with the incidents and tonight they’re going to prove it.
Shane McMahon is interviewed backstage.
He doesn’t want to divulge Owens’ opponent when Samoa Joe rolls up to offer his services. Shane says Joe will teach him a lesson and Owens will finally learn that you have to respect authority.
Roman Reigns is shown walking backstage, he’ll be in action after the break.
Back from commercial, Aleister Black is cutting a promo in a room.
He talks about paying debts and how his will be paid in his self-inflicted anguish, because such is his burden and his sin, but in due time he’ll find an end for any member of the locker room and himself, and all they have to do is knock on his door.
Buddy Murphy vs. Roman Reigns
Circling, collar and elbow, the Big Dog backs the Juggernaut into the corner and breaks clean. Murphy with a slap, Reigns fires back and then biels him across the ring but Buddy clocks him hard with a knee! Putting boots in the corner, action spills to the floor and Murphy keeps firing hard shots at Roman and throws him into the barricade. Big right hand from the Big Dog... AND HE BIELS BUDDY OVER THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!
Drive-By sidestepped, Murphy puts Reigns into the steel steps and follows it up with a Meteora off the steps to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Murphy has a reverse chinlock applied, practically hanging off Reigns’ back. Roman posts to his feet and backs into the corner trying to break, but Buddy holds on once, twice, and lets go by throwing the Big Dog in the corner for the third. Reigns with a schoolboy into a one-arm powerbomb... NOPE!
Trading right hands, Roman decks him with a lariat, another, whip reversed, leaping lariat finishes the chain! Corner lariats, big boot, Big Dog fired up! Calling for it... Superman Punch reversed to a waistlock, back elbow to escape, Buddy puts him shoulder-first into the post, cover with his feet on the ropes... SO CLOSE! Kicking the Big Dog to the floor, off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO!
Back inside, up top, Meteora... ONLY A NEARFALL! Trading strikes, Superman Punch... STILL NO! Fired up, howling in the corner, Murphy has the spear scouted with a kick! A series of knees, a brainbuster... I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT! Up top, Roman comes to cut him off and drops him to the floor with a right! Running Superman Punch off the steel steps, back inside, off the ropes...
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with the spear.
The Revival are interviewed backstage as to why they challenged New Day tonight.
They kvetch about their match getting interrupted last night and talk about how it was a slap in face for the entire division, and they blame New Day for it.
We see Kevin Owens walking backstage, he’ll be in action after the break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up the 20th Anniversary episode of SmackDown on October 4.
Backstage, Kofi Kingston is giving Xavier Woods a pep talk because he’s upset that King of the Ring is back and he’s not in it.
An interview rolls up to ask for a response to Revival’s claim that they ruined the tag division. They admit to ruining Christmas and Big E mentions an adult circumcision, but they say they’ve never ruined the tag division, just handled their business, the way Kofi Kingston has handled Randy Orton. He says he’d attack Orton like he did at SummerSlam again because family comes first, and that’s why he’ll be at ringside when his brothers wrestle the Revival.
Kevin Owens vs. Samoa Joe
Before the bell, we’re informed that Shane McMahon has appointed Elias as special guest enforcer again tonight.
Owens in with a dropkick, right hands, referee Danilo Anfibio warns him off and Joe turns him around for right hands in the corner of his own. Kevin explodes out with a lariat, follows it up with a cannonball attempt but Samoa rolls to the floor. Elias gets in the way, Joe drops him with a lariat legsweep, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Joe has a standing neck crank locked on, then they move to trading strikes and Owens hits a missile dropkick! Senton follows it, cover for two, jockeying for position, Samoa with the big Rock Bottom in the corner, again just a two count. Back in the turnbuckles, Kev knocks him down... SENTON ATOMICO CAN’T PUT JOE AWAY! Stunner blocked, Coquina Clutch avoided, pop-up powerbomb... ELIAS YANKS DANILO OUT OF THE RING MID-COUNT!
KO gets in the Drifter’s face, Samoa from behind...
Samoa Joe wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin and an extremely fast count from Elias.
Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan go into the locker room and order everybody except for Buddy Murphy out.
Rowan forces him to take a seat and he and Bryan sit down next to him. Dan says they know that he lied and why, but they just need him to admit to everybody that he lied. Buddy remains silent as Bryan continues to insist and points out the damage done to their reputations. Murphy chuckles and goes to get up, to which Rowan headbutts him! A biel over the table, throwing him into a trash can while Bryan yells about how you need to admit it when you’ve done wrong.
Pinning Buddy against the wall and he admits that he lied, but Bryan won’t take “okay”, he demands Murphy say “I lied!” and Buddy does so. Bryan says he hates liars and Erick throws Murphy around the room one last time to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Roman Reigns is walking backstage and he asks a crew member where Bryan and Rowan’s locker room is.
A video package for King of the Ring follows.
New Day make their entrance for their tag match and Randy Orton interrupts.
He gets on the mic and asks Kofi Kingston how he can cheer on his boys from the sidelines when he ran away from a fight at SummerSlam.
He knows why, the people know why, and it’s because he knows he can’t beat Orton. And his kids will ask “Daddy, why is it you took the easy way out?”, and Kingston will look his sons in the eye and tell them the truth, that he can’t beat Randy Orton. But he’ll give Kofi one more chance to prove him wrong, because he wants in the match as a six-man!
We go to break before we can get confirmation.
Back from commercial and the match is official!
New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, & Xavier Woods) vs. Randy Orton & the Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
Orton and Kingston to start, circling... and Orton tags Dawson in. Circling, collar and elbow, Kofi with a side headlock, shot off, duck a lariat, monkey flip into a dropkick for two! Tag to E, off the ropes with a Penalty Kick, cover for two, tag to Woods. Off the ropes, wheelbarrow-assisted splash, still just two! Whip into the corner, big chop, tag to Wilder.
Uppercuts and chops tear into Xavier, whip across, up and over, off the ropes, duck a lariat, duck another, tilt-a-whirl headscissors into a dropkick but it’s only a nearfall. Waistlock, back elbow to break, Woods with a chop, O’Connor roll, blind tag to Scott. O’Connor roll, Dash pulls him off and spikes him with a DDT! Wristlock, dragging Xavier around, punches into a top wristlock!
Tag to Wilder, coming in with stomps to the arm, kneeling armbar, Woods gets away and hits a rolling elbow for separation! Tag to Dawson, blocking the tag, tag to Orton but Xavier gets away. Whipped to the floor, Randy hits the back suplex into the announce table to send us back to break.
Back from commercial, Dawson has a hammerlock in on Woods but Xavier manages to rise to his feet and land a back elbow, reaching... back suplex cuts him off! Scott with punches and a cover, again with the top wristlock and shifting to a double wristlock when Woods gets to his feet. Xavier manages to throw him off and Dawson eats the post hard... tags made! Big E in hot on Wilder, belly-to-belly suplexes ahoy!
Off the ropes, big splash, fired up and clapping, clear the apron and Dash takes advantage with a schoolboy for two! Up for the Big Ending, tag made, Revival double DDT and Kofi comes off the top with lariats for both! Off the ropes, Boom Drop! RKO blocked, dropkick, tag made, trust fall senton! Woods legal, kick, springboard tornado DDT blocked, back body drop for Dawson, chops and punches for Dash!
Back suplex, lands on his feet, rolling solebutt, side headlock, blind tag, off the ropes... SHATTER MACHINE!
Randy Orton & the Revival win by pinfall with Shatter Machine from the Revival on Xavier Woods.
Post-match, the Revival continue to beat New Day down, and only Kingston’s interference keeps them from breaking Big E’s knee! RKO ON THE CHAMP! Randy draws Xavier up... AN RKO FOR HIM AS WELL! And of course, one for Big E as well! Back to Kofi... ANOTHER ONE!
Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan are talking when Roman Reigns rolls up.
Bryan tells him to go ahead and apologize, to which Reigns stares cold-faced. Dan explains, saying if Samoa Joe got an apology, they deserve one as well. Roman considers it for a moment and takes his towel off, to which Bryan says before it turns into a melee and the Big Dog gets hurt, they’ve done their own investigation and found out who did it, and next week they’ll bring Roman the culprit.
That’s the show, folks.